According to legend, after a shipwreck, fishermen from Perast found the icon of the Virgin Mary with Christ on the sea cliff and vowed to build a church on that spot, dedicated to the icon of the Virgin Mary, the patron of seamen and fishermen. The interior of the church is adorned by a marble altar, built in 1796 by Antonio Capellano, a sculptor from Genoa. It holds the famous icon of Gospa od Škrpjela, painted by the famous painter Lovro Dobrićević in the middle of the 15th century.
The walls and ceiling of the church are covered in paintings on canvas by Tripo Kokolja, one of the most famous local baroque painters. The paintings were commissioned by Andrija Zmajević. Sixty-eight paintings, some of which are in large format make Gospa od Škrpjela Church a unique gallery of Southern Adriatic baroque painting. Most prominent compositions are dedicated to the life of the Virgin Mary and are located in the upper parts of the walls and ceiling: the Crowning of Mary, the Death of Mary and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Between Kokolja’s paintings, on the lateral walls, there are votive silver plates with images of Boka ships, which Gospa od Škrpjela, as it is traditionally believed, helped in storms. The church building accommodates a collection of archaeological exhibits, paintings of ships, artisan craftwork and everyday objects.